3,5 Mill. Homeless & 18,5 Mill. Vacant Homes in the US


3.5 Million Homeless and 18.5 Million Vacant Homes in the US

Diane Sweet
occupyamerica.crooksandliars.com / Sott.net
2011-12-30 11:38:00

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The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative along with Amnesty International are asking the U.S. to step up its efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by giving serious consideration to the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief for those at risk, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.

New government census reports have revealed disturbing information that details the cold, hard numbers of Americans who have been deeply affected by the state of our economy, and bank foreclosure practices:

In the last few days, the U.S. government census figures have revealed that 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes. And we know that the financial hardships faced by our neighbors, colleagues, and others in our communities will be all the more acutely felt over the holiday season.

Along with poverty and low incomes, the foreclosure rate has created its own crisis situation as the number of families removed from their homes has skyrocketed.

Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes. It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over. This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing. In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.

The stark realities that persist mean that millions of families will be facing the holidays in temporary homes, or homes under threat, and far too many children will be wishing for an end to the uncertainty and distress their family is facing rather than an Xbox or Barbie doll.

Housing is a basic human need and a fundamental human right. Yet every day in the United States, banks are foreclosing on more than 10,000 mortgages and ordering evictions of individuals and families residing in foreclosed homes. The U.S. government’s steps to address the foreclosure crisis to date have been partial at best.

The depth and severity of the foreclosure crisis is a clear illustration of the urgent need for the U.S. government to put in place a system that respects, protects and fulfills human rights, including the right to housing. This includes implementing real protections to ensure that other actors, such as financial institutions, do not undermine or abuse human rights.

There is a link available at the Amnesty International website for anyone who is interested and would like to join the call on the Obama administration and Congress to urgently step up efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by seriously considering the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.

The War Against the Poor(est)


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The War Against the Poor

Occupy Wall Street and the Politics of Financial Morality

By Frances Fox Piven November 07, 2011 „Tom Dispatch“ – –

We’ve been at war for decades now — not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising. You wouldn’t often have found the casualty figures from this particular conflict in your local newspaper or on the nightly TV news. Devastating as it’s been, the war against the poor has gone largely unnoticed — until now. The Occupy Wall Street movement has already made the concentration of wealth at the top of this society a central issue in American politics. Now, it promises to do something similar when it comes to the realities of poverty in this country. By making Wall Street its symbolic target, and branding itself as a movement of the 99%, OWS has redirected public attention to the issue of extreme inequality, which it has recast as, essentially, a moral problem. Only a short time ago, the “morals” issue in politics meant the propriety of sexual preferences, reproductive behavior, or the personal behavior of presidents. Economic policy, including tax cuts for the rich, subsidies and government protection for insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and financial deregulation, was shrouded in clouds of propaganda or simply considered too complex for ordinary Americans to grasp… please, read more there: Tom Dispatch & Information Clearing House

PR: Frances Fox Piven

Photograph shows Charles Dow who co-founded Dow-Jones & Company with Edward Jones & Charles Bergstresser  (Public Domain, Wikipedia)

Health and Medical The implementation of population control programs in other nations


Health and Medical The implementation of population control programs in other nations.

Critical, sometimes very critical, articles & videos by Brasscheck:

Last week we posted a segment of Steven W. Mosher’s presentation on
the implementation of population control programs in China. In it
he elaborated on China’s use of forced abortion, coercive
sterilization, and even infanticide.

Today’s video is a continuation of his presentation, in which he
discusses the implementation of these program in other countries
like India, Peru, Kenya, and more.

He elaborates on the use of food as a weapon, sterilization quotas,
the undermining of primary healthcare, and the spread of medically
transmitted HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Whether you believe in overpopulation or not, there is a right way
and a wrong way to deal with it. Steven Mosher clearly demonstrates
that the solutions generally agreed upon and offered by western
nations are immoral, sickening, and wrong.

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/5670.html
– Brasscheck

Disgusting: New York’s Largest Foreclosure Firm Mocked Downtrodden Homeowners at Halloween Party | AlterNet


Disgusting: New York’s Largest Foreclosure Firm Mocked Downtrodden Homeowners at Halloween Party | AlterNet.

Last year, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party in which employees mocked the homeowners it foreclosed against, wearing horrific „squatter“ and „homeless“ costumes and setting up a fake foreclosure sale tent city. Steven J. Baum is the largest foreclosure mill firm in the state of New York, and represents Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, among other mortgage lenders.  A former employee sent photos of the party to the New York Times‚ Joe Nocera: 
see & read more: AlterNet

End of Free Flow?


Yes, it’s a terrible shame that the entertainment industry isn’t
making billions of dollars instead just millions. I feel for them,
I really do. (sarcasm)

But are we going to allow for the end of the free flow of
information and ideas, the end of easy and open discourse, and the
end of free speech on the internet so that Hollywood can make more
money?

CENSORSHIP!

That’s what the PROTECT IP ACT will give us and little else. This
video elaborates on exactly how that going to work…

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/5543.html
– Brasscheck